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MICHAEL BASSETT: LABOUR’S CRIME LEGACY OF THE LAST THREE YEARS

The Labour Government lost the 2023 election when its support halved from 2020. It deserved to lose on economic grounds alone. Covid lockdowns that went beyond the prudent and wrecked livelihoods in the name of saving lives; an orgy of careless spending of borrowed money; and a failure to ensure that the 16,000 extra bureaucrats improved crucial services in meaningful ways; plus sloppily handled infrastructure plans, were all counts against Jacinda Ardern, Grant Robertson and Chris Hipkins.

But this is only part of the case against that government. We are still experiencing aftershocks from the Maorification policy that Nanaia Mahuta and Willie Jackson foisted on the ministry, starting on the day the results of the 2020 election made it clear that Winston Peters’ steadying influence was gone from the cabinet table. The He Puapua plan secretly hatched by Mahuta came to light. It aimed at Maori control of New Zealand by 2040. A wave of promoting everything Maori swept across the country at the Beehive’s behest. State agencies were renamed with titles dreamt up by the Maori Language Commission; district health boards were dis-established and replaced by a centralised service armed with a Maori veto; bogus, but compulsory, New Zealand history began to be taught in schools, reinforced with grossly misleading aide-memoires for students like the School Journal cartoon presentation on the Treaty of Waitangi. This was sheer propaganda produced by people with an axe to grind and no serious qualifications in history. Both TV One and Radio New Zealand outdid each other in a competition among woke journalists to display their new skills at Te Reo. Bonuses were paid to bureaucrats who could spout Maori that the rest of us couldn’t understand. Aotearoa became the country’s new name, despite the fact that it was a relatively recent name, and meant for the North Island. The mainstream media swung into gear with The New Zealand Herald banning criticism of the government’s Maorification policies from its pages.

Less immediately visible, but extremely important, was the long-term effect that the Maorification policy had on the underclass that decades of easy welfare had produced. Since the Labour Government seemed to be saying that all things Maori were excusable, the justice system went soft. Kelvin Davis as Minister of Corrections emptied more than 30% of offenders out of prisons, arguing they didn’t need to be detained. Name suppression and a soft approach to under 18-year-olds became common in the courts. It protected young criminals who are truanting, thus providing a protective cover for their slack parents who aren’t looking after their youngsters with the welfare payments they receive to do so. When young hoods come before a judge, “Cultural Reports” are provided to rescue them. Legal aid lawyers are there to plead their cases, and an army of taxpayer-funded social workers is on tap to support them. Meantime, the court system at the highest level has been swept up with Maorification, and has taken to lecturing us on the virtues of tikanga, most of it of recent invention. Nanaia Mahuta and Willie Jackson can’t believe their luck. They sowed a wind and we are reaping their whirlwind.

Yet, the Labour Party escapes from the long-term results of their crusade. In the short term they don’t need to come up with ideas about turning Maori society around so that law-breaking is no longer an acceptable way of life for so many young people. However, Labour needs to do a lot more work than simply devising new ways to tax the law-abiding segment of society and hoping the public will overlook their shocking dereliction of duty over the last three years. Those wet fish from the Labour caucus who rush to be included in photos with Chippy have a lot of hard work to do before the public can trust them anywhere near the Treasury benches again.

Maorification has to be wound back. We aren’t a country of two cultures, but many. Proselytizing the notion that Maori are more than first settlers, and therefore entitled to extra rights and respect, must stop. Education might be a good place to start. As Sir Apirana Ngata always said, it was the key to Maori advancement. And it has to be done in an orderly fashion. Last week’s report that Kiwi school students were amongst the worst-behaved kids in the OECD, and that behaviour has significantly worsened over the last two years, is scary. Pinching others’ property and inflicting serious physical harm on fellow students, must be punished. Just standing students down from school won’t fix anything. Parents need to be held to account, especially since we pay them via the benefits they receive to look after their children. Again, details from schools about young offenders need to be married to the welfare benefits register so that errant parents are made to realise there are material costs if they fail to perform their duties.

Fixing our schools goes way beyond this. More and better-trained teachers are necessary along with security guards at schools. The whole curriculum needs an overhaul. Erica Stanford desperately needs a more enlightened head of her ministry than Iona Holsted who has been at the centre of Maorification and the curriculum stuff-ups of recent years and will only be a drag on any efforts at reform.

There’s a huge amount of work to be done. Is the current ministry up to the challenge?

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Truth is not a Leftist value.

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Well done kearneymi - to assist others here is a rather lengthy summary to try to expose the game that is being played out under the UN/HRC innovative model of partnership with Maori under the HRC independent status from Government other than its provisions under the Human Rights Act 1993


An encapsulated warning to NZ citizens as to democracy exposed under United Nations application of International Human Rights in conjunction with the NZ Human Rights Commission and its new ‘Innovative Maori leadership model


To those who have an interest in how the Human Rights Commission and Maori advocacy is transpiring (with the array of university Maori interested academia) in pursuit of the United Nations asserting a unilateral interpretation of UNDRIP…


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This is serious . Luxon and co had better shut this lot down ,have John Key arrested for signi g up for this shit behind our back and root out all the tossers pushing this shit ,particularly if the are in my tax payers pay. The maori are not indigenous.

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Today, Margaret Mutu (for the Iwi Leaders Forum) attacked the Coalition's action as racist and harmful to Maori. The UN/HRC special envoy is visiting NZ and no doubt took note of this negative ( but factually inaccurate) view.


Below is my email to the Coalition leaders asking them to rein in the HRC before the UN meeting on 29 April where great damage could be done to NZ's image.


NZers ( in large numbers) should send similar messages demanding rapid action.

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Dear Prime Minister, Deputy PM and  Ministers,

 RE:  Action by the NZ Human Rights Commission


1.According  to the Acting Chief HR Commissioner,  Dr Karanina Sumeo,  the NZ   HR  Commission will address the UN/HRC in Geneva  on 29 April…


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mr.max
mr.max
Apr 02

Oh stop it Michael your making me blush ! Hun why do you think we were protesting on Parliament Grounds ? And by the way no one from National or ACT came out to talk to us , Yes Winston did and wasn't in Parliament and that nasty ole Speaker of the house who is now a Lame Duck Ambassador in Ireland even put a curse on Winston banning him from ever stepping on Parliament grounds again , for that he was Knighted Sir Mallard the head of the flock of fools ! And by the way why has he not been fired and DETHRONED from his Knighthood ! Or is that a means to cover for the misdeeds o…

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Gerard
Gerard
Apr 03
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Mallard - the lame duck.

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Funnily enough, I was just thinking about this the other day and wondering if we were now so far down the gurgler as to be unsalvageable? The leftist mafia destruction brigade, has done such a wonderful job of destroying our country, that we are all up to our necks in guano! Wherever you look there are seemingly unsurmountable problems! Poor old Chris Luxon is like the veritable dog who chased the bus and caught it! Now what does he do with it? I wonder if he now regrets wanting the reigns so badly? I mean who in their right mind would? How can we straighten out the damage that's been done to the economy alone and still generate enough surplus…

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